Touching the infinite

Zen teaches in many ways.  “Truth is just this.”  “Everything is mind.”  I’ve struggled meditating on these teachings along with many others.  But tonight I felt as though I had a genuine experience.  The wind was whistling as it blew against the townhouses where I live and in listening to the sound everything seemed to open up to me.  I understood things so clearly.  For many years I thought about how great it would be to go to China and live in a hut in the Zhongnan mountains.  But tonight I realized that being here in my bedroom in my townhouse is my hut. Enlightenment is just this.  Buddha is within.  We never find Buddha by searching somewhere else.  Nobody can teach us about Buddha.  We must experience the Buddha that is within ourselves.  We must experience the interpenetration of the various realms for ourselves.  These include this physical realm, the metaphysical realm and the higher realm beyond the beyond.  Yes living in a hut in the mountains might help us to be free from attachment to the external things that cloud our true mind-essence.  But we can do this here too.  This is truly a blissful experience, the Sambhogakaya. ( when the physical body communes with absolute.)  Words are never adequate but I feel we must try.  

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Good Morning

Good morning everyone. Had my first cup of Java. Looks like a beautiful day here in Pennsylvania and I don’t work. Well I’m working in my sewing room but that’s not work. Remember to practice detachment today. No matter what you are doing or how people treat you don’t become angry or emotionally upset. Abandon ego. If you do become upset just be aware that you are upset. Just be with it and practice your breathing. It will soften and leave you in peace. Loving Kindness, compassion, Joy and detachment to all of you.  

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shirt construction

shirt construction

Back, yoke pieces, and front pieces sewn together.

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Shirt construction

Shirt construction

Yoke pieces and back sewn together

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Sewing a shirt

Sewing a shirt

Left front piece with pocket sewn on.

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Good and bad arise together

One of the great teachings of Chan (Zen) Buddhism is that good and bad arise together.  You often hear people being critical of charity organizations, churches, monasteries, etc. only being about money.  In this world of samsara that’s the way it is.  Institutions can only exist if they have the financial resources.  That’s why often people become board members and advisors who may not be the most qualified spiritually but provide financial support.  Without the financial support there would be no monastery, no church, no center to provide teaching to all of the people who are totally submerged in the material world of things and pleasure.  This is all part of an understanding of the oneness, the totality, the interconnectedness of all things.  We are so conditioned to look at things in an analytical way that we miss the reality of oneness.  And yes where there is money sometimes temptation leads people to impropriety.  Where there are humans there is often sexual attraction and behavior that is considered immoral.  This should not cause us to discard the teachings and truths that lead to enlightenment.  We should always have compassion for those who were unable to resist temptation and be grateful for the teachings.  Just sharing some thoughts.  Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and detachment to you all.  

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What am I doing? Why am I doing it?

Was reading about how people hurry and scurry around and what it’s all about. For most people it’s about aquiring things and protecting self and possessions. So it’s really about selfish desire. Do you ask yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ ‘What am I thinking?’ All of us who try to follow the Mahayana path should ask ‘are we doing what we should be doing to help all beings find liberation from suffering?’ The really difficult thing for me is to know what really is “skillful means” to help others understand what this liberation is all about. It seems that people are just so conditioned to believe in the material world of possessing things and looking good that I sometimes just feel as though it’s useless to try to get them to understand. But I am committed to the Mahayana vow “Beings are numberless I vow to save them all.” so I continue to meditate and try to live a life that is an example of peace and joy. Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and detachment to all of you

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